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gr -

ooooh baby baby!

gr -

Yeah, and the English Beat was in there somewhere too, right? Must check again.
As satisfying as it is to be number one, I was informed yesterday by my chief rival for the number one Friday spot that she was sleeping in and giving this to me, as a little Christmas present. That is most generous, cm, thank you.

gr -

Nope, not English Beat. Other singers there.

Must get to werk.....

cm -

Merry Christmas, guys! Here's to being fabulous! I'm off to the Mountain for a week of eating and sleeping and cocktails at 4, but I'll be back in time to ring in the new year.

Hans -

To Al & the GenX40 Gang:

Have a Cool Yule!

Hans

Gordo -

A fabulous Christmas to all!

Paul of Kingston -

One last jaunt around the downtown to pick up the last of the trinkets and spread whatever cheer I can and soon it'll be time for some smooth jazz and a fine porter and some quiet time to sit and wrap a few prezzies up for the sleepin' babes.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.

BR -

Merry Christmas everyone. Perhaps I'll get a country dial-up package for xmas and then I'll be able to check in during the holidays. Cheers, BR

Alan -

Seven! I have seven Red Sox shirts. I forgot my Portuguese <i>Sox Vermelho</i> t-shirt.

Marian -

Merry Christmas to you all. And may the Krampus not come for you in the night.

Alan -

Today, I am #16 on Google for Krampus.

gorthos -

Bah humbug (there has to be one of us to say it...)

Damned if I don't need to find a certain item for a last present for my beloved and damned if I cannot find it. argh.

Happy mid-winter festival to all and to the select few, happy festivus (tomorrow remember).

Mine spouse has lost 20 X $5 xmas ornaments in the house and she is being silent to me so I am wondering if she thinks me to be to blame so I shall be offline for the night tiptoing around the house as kiddies sleep trying to find them.. eep

Paul of Kingston -

And so I asked myself, what is the most "fabulous" gift that one could receive?

And I that it was that new I-Pod
the best gift one could conceive,

But I know it will be to hear the happy snores
of sleeping babes on Christmas Eve.

gr -

Gorthos, and other Kingstonians, cm is on the train east of Toronto, and would like me to report that she is on the last car, passing through Kingston around 2. She says she will be waving cheerfully and drinking straight from her bottle of gin, as she is now on vacation. That is the cm report.
So Paul, please tell, what gift do those sleeping kids have to look forward to? Anything interesting?
I have also noticed that BR and Paul post at suspiciously close times, therefore BR is probably PAUL IN DISGUISE! Oooo, pretty smooth Paul.
Gorthos.....
Marian.....
Hans, Gordo, all the rest of you, merry merry. I think we should permanently move Christmas, like Thanksgiving, to a fixed day not date, the last Monday of every year. That provides everybody with a long and satisfying Friday and weekend to enjoy first.

Gordo -

I'll pop out to the tracks and wave to her, Gary. No worries.

Gorthos and I discussed this yesterday, but I'm generally not permitted to purchase clothing for my wife. The size thing is always a dangerous minefield for a man to tread, not to mention the question of varying tastes. Bridget generally asks for and receives gift cards to her favourite stores. She had some suspicions about our meeting, Gary, but they seem to have gone by the wayside.

Alan -

That is true. But I think next year's version is even better as you can get a Friday to a week Wednesday in a row off - twelve nights in a row - for 3 vacation days given New Year's and Christmas Eve is half day of work but the last day of work before the holiday otherwise here is not.

gr -

Gordo, I threw in the towel a long time ago. There are shopping trips throughout the year at which the missus chooses exactly what she likes, hands it to me, I pay for it, hide it and wrap it. I have managed a couple of good surprises over the years, and this year although there was a shopping trip in September to a fancy dept store where we filled a bag for her, I also got her a framed painting of dogs playing poker. I shall be MR BIG this year, she will be so pleased, oh yes. The further plus is that I select all the whiskies I want and all she has to do is slap a cheery little bow on top and I am happy.
It is fortunate, Gordo, that you shopped with me. You will not go wrong, she will charmed beyond belief.
Have people visited Gordo's page today? Highly recommended, what a great family!!

cm -

We just left Kingston. I chickened out on the waving but did see the black Toyota. At least I think it was a Toyota.

Gordo -

I tend more toward the kitschy side of things for gifts these days, Gary. Thanks for the assistance. :-) Other than the boots that she chose for me to buy her while we were waiting for my optometrist appointment in Montreal last Friday. I picked myself up a Moleskine notebook today and I think I'm going to pop out and get one for her, too.

Sorry, cm. I fell asleep in the recliner and missed you. :-(

gr -

cm sent an email from Montreal. She went to McGill long ago, and a friend met her train and gave her a bottle of whisky. It sounded like she had much to celebrate as her train moved forward. We will not hear much from her until 2007.
Gordo, get that guest room ready, it looks like people have fun at your house and here we come. Is your dog tennis ball crazy?
Gordo, that was smooth. I bet the boots you give her are a perfect fit and style for your wife. Well done.

Alan -

Good Lord. This is not a pen pal group.

Gordo -

Gary, he's a Golden Retriever. If you can throw it, he'll chase it ... Of course the boots were perfect. I wouldn't have purchased them otherwise.

But (now that I think of it in this muddled haze) GX40 seems to be mere inches from Alan's iron grip - Must protect Alan's control - all praise Alan - all praise our robot overlords.

gr -

If it makes you feel any better, Alan, I get home and my blog is covered with home remedies for colds. These things happen. And if cm asks me to pass along news, why should I deny her wishes?

BTW, what the heck does chat mean, anyway, except for, like, CHAT, Mr. Blog? I mean, without our useless comments, where would you be?

Alan -

a. Quite content. b. on point.

WADR, have the courtesy.

Gordo -

What, do you suppose, we should call a blog host who edits completely innocuous, if slightly mocking, comments?

gr -

Not sure what WADR is, also not sure how serious Alan is. Have we pushed you too far, the trio of G's: Gorthos, Gary, Gordo? I apologize, and welcome blather of any type at pottersblog. We can move things over there, as some may wish. I have to ask though, would you accept mindless chat more readily if we all promised to click your advertising links for 15 minutes every day?
I am, of course, reminded of the Grahm Chapman of Monty Python getting his back up and repeatedly stating 'that's silly!'.

gorthos -

Hey don't drag me into your triumvirate of the naughty posters. I've already UNILATERALLY decided to stick to topic. ;)

Alan -

I don't know why I would post if there was only side chatter. It is an odd thing, not offensive but still somehow diluting of the point of having a blog. Neither flogging or even clogging but still needing of its own word. I think it is fair on a "Free for Al!" but why do I sit on a Friday for an hour to find topics of interest. I think this comment from Jay Currie was what made me think of it:<blockquote class="smalltext">Looks to me as if everyone at Alan's outstanding site is on the glide path to Christmas.</blockquote>It is a trend that I would not want to have continue for the effect of what is not done, what is not being discussed. The Kingston Society for Playing Catch had a meeting on this point yesterday in fact. Concerns were voiced. That is why I think it might be described as "bogging" - continued unsubstantive side-tracking.

That being said, nothing is funnerer than changing comments to place Sean in compromising positions in relation to women's hosery and Barbara Walters.

Alan -

Yet your guilt is only in relation to the tangential. The success of the trans fat discussion was that it included views from a chemist, professors, engineers, a vegetarian potter and lawyers. The fluff is most annoying as it is a selling short of the capacity around here. This is important given the herd of IT geeks and degrees of libertarians that end up as the largest part of most blogging discourse. They are fine in their place and as a part but they are inordinate voices due to the nature of the medium. So while you may say "I mean, without our useless comments, where would you be?" the real point is with them what are we left with?

Alan -

Further, if this is a bloggy Enlightenment there needs to be a Royal Society. A diverse but serious discussion supports the allegation that there is an enlightenment happening. But if it does not occur, it also supports the refutation of the claim.

Gordo -

Royal Societies only serve to limit access and discriminate against those that they deem unworthy. Marie Curie was denied membership based on her gender and outdated notions that a woman wasn't capable of serious scientific research. Humbug.

Alan -

You can preemtively handcuff yourself as you wish at your own leisure otherwise, Gordo.

gr -

Actually, I was thinking along the lines myself that 'Royal Socieities' exclude people beyond the UK and the Commonwealth?
I am impressed, Alan, with your turn of phrase above. Not surprising from a man with 2 law degrees. American vegetarian potters who also dabble in offbeat humor might get lost in the thicket of those words, therefore, Royal Society or not, I plan to take a break from making tangential and useless comments on your blog. It shall be a short break, as things will likely become dull and you will beg for my brand of blether before the new year is old. I will t-r-y to stay on topic, but may occaisionally slip.

Alan -

In return for bowing to my mighty will, you get to claim your expertise as well as a well appointed office at the Society's headquarters. Were there any particularly interesting minors you took at Bennington you now want to establish as your trump card? Something along the lines of the arts and crafts movement as an illustration of 19th century idealist communitarian philosophies? I can't imagine the Morris and Shaker furnishings being less grand than even Ben's 19th century Russian set up. You will have to quarrel over the tea supply between yourselves.

gr -

....well, there was architecture, but as a less than precise person, I wasn't exactly good at it, because 'close enough' only works in pottery and horseshoes, not building design.....